116TH INFANTRY REGIMENT
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Distinctive Unit Insignia


Description/Blazon
A Gold color metal and enamel device 1 3/16 inches (3.02 cm) in height overall consisting of a shield blazoned: Gules, a saltire Argent voided throughout per saltire Gray and Azure per cross counterchanged, in chief a fleur-de-lis Or. Attached below and to the sides of the shield a Gold bipartite scroll inscribed "EVER" to dexter and "FORWARD" to sinister in Black letters.

Symbolism
This Regiment has the unique distinction of being composed of elements which served in the United States service in the Confederate Service and again the Federal Service and also the units have worn both blue and gray in both the Federal and Confederate Service. The tradition of Artillery is also in the Regiment. The shield is red with the familiar saltire cross, blue and gray edged with white. The gold fleur-de-lis recalls the service of the Regiment in France during World War I.

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was approved on 31 March 1925. It was amended to update the description on 19 October 2016.




Coat of Arms


Description/Blazon

Shield

Gules, a saltire Argent voided throughout per saltire Gray and Azure per cross counterchanged, in chief a fleur-de-lis Or.

Crest

That for the regiments and separate battalions of the Virginia Army National Guard: From a wreath Argent and Gules “Virtus, the genius of the Commonwealth, dressed as an Amazon, resting on a spear with one hand and holding a sword in the other, and treading on Tyranny, represented by a man prostrate, a crown falling from his head, a broken chain in his left hand and a scourge in his right” all Proper.

Motto

EVER FORWARD.

Symbolism

Shield

This Regiment has the unique distinction of being composed of elements which served in the United States service in the Confederate Service and again the Federal Service and also the units have worn both blue and gray in both the Federal and Confederate Service. The tradition of Artillery is also in the Regiment. The shield is red with the familiar saltire cross, blue and gray edged with white. The gold fleur-de-lis recalls the service of the Regiment in France during World War I.

Crest

The crest is that of the Virginia Army National Guard.

Background
The coat of arms was approved on 19 April 1924. It was amended to correct the blazon on 19 October 2016.





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